In a tweet yesterday Greening declared she was gay in a humorous tweet based on her 'Stronger in Europe' campaigning..
No. The reason it was good news was the reaction, as the BBC reports.
And many other politicians added their congratulations, as reported in the Independent.Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted: "Congratulations Justine - that's great news."Chancellor George Osborne was also among those to respond to the news, tweeting: "Congrats Justine. Best news in last 48 hours!"
For me the best news in the last 48 hours was the reaction to this declaration. 64 years ago Alan Turing one of the great British scientists, a brilliant man who greatly contributed to the war effort against the Nazis, was convicted of indecency. His crime? He was gay. Subjected to hormonal treatment to reduce his libido, publicly shamed, he committed suicide two years later.
Now, a lifetime on from the disgusting and criminal treatment of Alan Turing, a gay politician in the UK can declare their nature and be accepted by their peers. As a libertarian and atheist, reeling from all of the bad news of the last few days, I can heartily second George Osborne, congratulate Justine and thank her for some positive news amidst the black news of recent days.
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